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Welcome to McMaster and to the Office of the President. The University's website provides a wealth of information about the mission and vision of the University, its innovative educational programs, cutting-edge research, and the students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and supporters who make up the McMaster community. I was privileged to become a member of this community in July 2010, when I began my term as President and Vice-Chancellor. More

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Principle 1

We are an institution devoted to the cultivation of human potential, which we believe cannot be realized by individuals in isolation from one another, from their history or their imagined future, from the society which surrounds them, or from the physical universe which sustains them. Our programs and activities will reflect this comprehensive view.

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Principle 2

It follows that in defining our strengths and seeking to build on them, we will adopt a multidisciplinary perspective, recognizing that even the most specialized problem requires an appropriately broad-based approach.

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Principle 3

Our future shall be continuous and consistent with our past, expanding upon and fulfilling the historic character of McMaster as an institution. We will foster the distinct identity of this university, while at the same time continuing to recognize the importance of collaboration and dialogue with sister institutions in Ontario, Canada, and abroad.

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Principle 4

Notwithstanding that commitment to continuity with the past and to coordination with practices elsewhere, we will place the highest value on original thought and on innovation.

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Principle 5

To that end, we will not only reaffirm the importance of radical questioning at the heart of the academic enterprise, but we will ensure the integrity of our work by bringing a critical view to all of our practices-those which bear directly upon education and research as well as those less directly related to it.

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Principle 6

Wherever possible, we will reduce or eliminate obstacles to cooperation.

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Principle 7

We will acknowledge, and seek to integrate in all our work and in ways appropriate to our specific fields, an obligation to serve the greater good of our community-locally, nationally, and globally.

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Lecture Series

McMaster Seminar on Higher Education: Practice, Policy, and Public Life

The McMaster Seminar on Higher Education: Practice, Policy, and Public Life is a lecture series presented by the Office of the President. The aim of the annual series is to encourage dialogue and inspire critical thought within the McMaster and the broader Hamilton communities. It is intended that the topics will be timely, interdisciplinary, and far-reaching, guided by the key questions and challenges facing higher education institutions and the communities they serve. The series will emphasize the importance to the academy, and to society as a whole, of thinking critically and engaging in meaningful discussion of challenging issues. The series is intended to be of relevance for a wide audience and all members of the community are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Upcoming Events:

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September Session
Presenting:

Bill McKibben
Public Lecture: "ENOUGH"

Date:

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
7:00-8:30pm
FREE ADMISSION

Venue:

Liuna Station
360 James Street North
Hamilton, ON L8L 1H4

Presented by:

The Bourns Lectureship in Bioethics
McMaster Seminar on Higher Education: Practice, Policy, and Public Life
McMaster Centre for Scholarship in the Public Interest
Office of the Provost
Faculty of Engineering

 

Details:

Nearly fifteen years ago, in The End of Nature, Bill McKibben demonstrated that humanity had begun to irrevocably alter and endanger our environment on a global scale. Now he turns his eye to an array of technologies that could change our relationship not with the rest of nature but with ourselves. In this speech he explores the frontiers of genetic engineering, robotics, and nanotechnology—all of which we are approaching with astonishing speed—and shows that each threatens to take us past a point of no return. We now stand, in Michael Pollan's words, "on a moral and existential threshold," poised between the human past and a post-human future. McKibben offers a celebration of what it means to be human, and a warning that we risk the loss of all meaning if we step across the threshold. McKibben argues that we cannot forever grow in reach and power—that we must at last learn how to say, "Enough."

Bio:

Bill McKibben is an author and environmentalist. His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages. He is founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement. The Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Prize and the Thomas Merton Prize, and holds honorary degrees from 18 colleges and universities; Foreign Policy named him to their inaugural list of the world's 100 most important global thinkers, and theBoston Globe said he was "probably America's most important environmentalist." A former staff writer for the New Yorker, he writes frequently a wide variety of publications around the world, including the New York Review of Books, National Geographic, and Rolling Stone. He lives in the mountains above Lake Champlain with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern.

Enough
October Session
Presenting:

Geoff Scott
Preparing Students for Success: Educating for Capability by Developing Graduates Who are "Work Ready Plus"

Date:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
6:00 - 7:30pm
FREE ADMISSION

Venue:

Council Chambers, Gilmour Hall 111
McMaster University

Presented by:

McMaster Institute for Innovation & Excellence in Teaching & Learning

Details:

This is a turnaround moment for higher education world-wide. In this talk Emeritus Professor Geoff Scott will outline the case for developing graduates who are not only ‘work ready’ for today but ‘work ready plus’ for tomorrow. In doing this he will argue that this ‘plus’ involves producing graduates who are creative and inventive, literate in the language of sustainability and work-place change and who have come to a considered position on the tacit assumptions driving the 21st century development agenda: assumptions like growth is good, consumption is happiness, ICT is always the answer and globalisation is great. 
He will then summarise the research on the personal, interpersonal and cognitive capabilities that distinguish successful early career graduates in a wide range of professions and what employers are increasingly looking for in them; along with the international research on how best to develop graduates with these capabilities and the most effective ways to assess them.
His talk will conclude with a quick summary of the key lessons from 40 years’ research and experience as a change leader on how a university might best take such changes and actually make sure they are effectively and consistently put into practice and sustained.

Bio:

Geoff Scott is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education and Sustainability at the University of Western Sydney (UWS), Australia. From 2004-12 he was Pro Vice-Chancellor (Quality) and then Executive Director of Sustainability at UWS. He has been co-chair of the Sustainable Futures Leadership Academy and helped establish RCE-Greater Western Sydney. Geoff is author, with Canada's Michael Fullan, of the widely used book Turnaround Leadership for Higher Education. He has recently completed an international project on Turnaround Leadership for Sustainability in Higher Education with Daniella Tilbury (UK), Leith Sharp (Harvard) and Liz Deane (Australia) and a project with Kerri-Lee Krause and senior colleagues from 11 Australian universities on Inter-university moderation and the assurance of higher education subject and program achievement standards.

In 2008 he led wrote the commissioned research and analysis report on effective learning and teaching for the Australian Review of Higher Education and led the Australian Learning and Teaching Council study of Learning Leaders in Times of Change. He is a former member of the board of directors of the Australian Council for Educational Research, a Fellow of the Australian College of Education, a member of TEQSA’s register of Experts, a higher education auditor in many countries and an adviser to a wide range of higher education institutions within and beyond Australia. In 2007, he was the recipient of the Australian Higher Education Quality Award.


November Session
Title:

McMaster in the Next Decade: Vision, Challenges and Opportunities

Speaker:

Patrick Deane

Date:

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
2:00-3:30pm
FREE ADMISSION

Venue:

Council Chambers, Gilmour Hall 111
McMaster University

Presented by:

The Office of the President